Advanced Senior English

Advanced Senior English is for the college-bound senior who has successfully completed at least one AP English class or a dual-enrolled English class. You are a skillful writer, and you want to hone your edge as you prepare for college. With your high school journey coming to an end, you also want to enjoy the flexibility that homeschooling offers, so this asynchronous college-prep class has been planned with choice and relevance in mind.

College Apps!

College applications loom large for seniors in the fall, so you'll begin your year in Advanced Senior English reading two time-tested resources about the college admissions process and working on your college essays. Chances are good that you'll be applying to several different colleges and writing multiple essays—very likely a common app essay, school-specific essays, and maybe scholarship essays. In the first six weeks of class, you will peruse sample application essays, discussing their strengths and weaknesses with your classmates. And as you dive in and begin planning and writing your own essays, you'll establish brainstorming, draft, and revision checkpoints. Your instructor will be a planning resource for you--as well as a sounding board for edits and improvements.

The Choice Is Yours
You and your classmates will then move on, embarking on choice-driven reading and writing. Each student will construct his or her own "bucket list" of books--choosing a book to fit within each of these fiction and non-fiction categories:

  • Non-Fiction

    • Biography or Memoir

    • Psychology or Sociology

    • Science or History

    • Current Issue

  •  Fiction

    • American or British Novel

    • World Literature Novel

    • Contemporary Novel

  •   Fiction or Non-Fiction

    • Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner/Finalist

Although you will be offered the opportunity to choose your own reading list within the categories above, you'll get a little bit of help to get you started if you want that. A lengthy list of title-suggestions will orient you on your path. Then you'll be encouraged to look at--and beyond--those, as you consider the wide range of possibilities that interest you the most.


Reading and Writing About What Matters to You

While you and your classmates will be reading from the same category of books at any given time, what you each select for yourselves will vary widely. There will be opportunities to briefly share and compare in online forums--and you'll have the freedom to discuss your reading (or anything else) in a more extended fashion if you wish to. After you finish reading each of your books, you'll write an essay that is connected to it--with the writing genre and format (MLA/APA/Chicago) changing essay to essay.


Reinforce and Refine

Eight writing assignments (approximately one per month) are planned over the year to help you refresh and reinforce what you know and to allow you to explore writing modes you've not yet seen. Colleges across the country--and academic disciplines within them--each have their own formatting and citation preferences, so you'll get the chance to explore and practice the nuts and bolts of MLA, APA, and Chicago conventions. It's unlikely you'll need help in the grammar weeds, but your instructor will "meet you" wherever you are in your writing journey to help you strengthen your skills and rise to the next level.

A Year-Long Conversation

Your Moodle classroom will be home base. That's where you will receive instruction and interact with your instructor and classmates. In weekly, on-going text-based discussion forums, you'll get to know the other college-bound seniors in your class. You will lead (on a rotating basis) and participate in weekly conversations that zoom in on news and issues that are of interest and importance to you. You'll draw your topics from the major newspaper and/or nationally-renowned magazine you choose to subscribe to (and your classmates will select from the publications they have chosen to subscribe to), and you will pass the baton, week to week, to different classmates who will offer up two news or informational articles for the weekly discussion. While the conversation with your classmates will be active, forum participation expectations will be set at a reasonable level so that the time spent is both manageable and enjoyable.

Advanced Senior English has been designed with you--an advanced, college-bound homeschooler--in mind. Join a class of interesting, talented students from across the country, and tailor your senior year of English to meet your needs and exceed your expectations! 


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